Some people claim the devil himself visited the tiny town of Villisca, Iowa, that summer night in 1912, when 8 people were killed by an ax murderer. Others say he already lived among them. After more than a century of idle gossip and speculation, some amateur sleuths might have just figured it out.
In this episode of Dakota Spotlight, retired Bismarck Police Detective Bill Connor speaks frankly about the details of the case, still sharp in his memory, and his encounters with those connected to Michelle "Shelly" Julson as he re-investigated the case from 2005 to 2010.
Under the bold headline “Murdered for Money,” a Bemidji Daily Pioneer story from June 8, 1904, broke the news that a father and daughter had gone missing from the tiny town of Quiring, Minnesota.
Brian Guimond is among a league of parents and family members who have sat in the dark for decades, questioning whether there should be more transparency into missing persons and cold case investigations.
In the latest episode of Dakota Spotlight, Forum Communications premier investigative true crime podcast, Bismarck Police continue to chase clues in the mysterious disappearance of Shelly Julson in 1994, and try to nail down the importance of several interesting sightings and reports.
Husband killed wife, mother-in-law, then himself in apparent money dispute
This is the fourth story in a series about the disappearance of Sandra and John Jacobson. This bonus story gives a glimpse into the lives of Sandra and John, through the eyes of their family, before they vanished in November 1996.
In 1972, kidnappers took his mother away and demanded his father deliver the $1 million ransom. Virginia Piper's son remembers the traumatic day 50 years ago that changed his family forever.
Investigator Cliff Emmert stopped into bars, casinos, bingo halls and bowling alleys, seeking a better understanding of 26-year-old Shelly Julson's world. What he found raised some troubling questions about what might have happened to her.
With just 16 days before the statute of limitations ran out on the kidnapping of a wealthy Orono, Minn., woman in 1972, the FBI indicted two men in the crime. But the case was far from over. In fact, the roller coaster ride was just beginning. Here is Part 3 of "The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper — 50 years later."
She left for errands and bingo and never came back. Now Dakota Spotlight explores 1994 North Dakota cold case
On August 2, 1994, 26-year-old Michelle "Shelly" Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She was expected back in just hours but never heard from again.
Evidence indicates 39-year-old Christina Lynn Melvin was struck and killed between 4:45 and 4:59 a.m. on April 7, 2019, in Grand Forks. It was later determined that Melvin, a resident of Bedford, Pennsylvania, had been passing through Grand Forks on the Amtrak train.
Jacobson disappearance, Part 3: Missing diary could shed light on vanished North Dakota mother and son
The police file in this case, recently obtained by Forum News Service, reveals an initial investigation that failed to obtain information that could have shed light on Sandra Jacobson's relationship -- and life in general -- in the days and weeks before she vanished from Bismarck, North Dakota, in 1996.